Licensing Scenarios

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    A workload (VM instance) is considered protected if it has a backup or snapshot created by a backup policy in the last 31 days. The number of license instances that a protected workload consumes depends on the workload type and product edition. For details, see Veeam Licensing Policy.

    Note

    Manual creation of snapshots does not require license instances. For more information, see the Creating Snapshots Manually section in the Veeam Backup for GCP User Guide.

    When you add a Veeam Backup for GCP appliance to the Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure, there are two possible scenarios:

    • Connecting to an existing Veeam Backup for GCP appliance

    If you connect to an existing Veeam Backup for GCP appliance, the BYOL license installed on the Veeam Backup for GCP appliance becomes invalid. Protected workloads will start consuming license instances from the Veeam Backup & Replication license after the policies run on the connected appliance.

    If you remove the Veeam Backup for GCP appliance from the Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure, Veeam Backup & Replication will stop counting backed-up workloads. Veeam Backup for GCP continues using the license that was used before you added Veeam Backup for GCP to the Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure.

    • Deploying a new Veeam Backup for GCP appliance

    If you deploy a new Veeam Backup for GCP appliance in the Veeam Backup & Replication console, protected workloads start consuming instance units from the Veeam Backup & Replication license.

    If you remove the Veeam Backup for GCP appliance from Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure, Veeam Backup & Replication stops counting backed-up workloads and Veeam Backup for GCP switches to the Free license with 10 available instances. To back up more than 10 instances, you must install a BYOL license on the Veeam Backup for GCP appliance. To see how to install a new BYOL license, see the Installing and Removing License section in the Veeam Backup for GCP User Guide.

    Licensing When Connection to Veeam Backup & Replication is Lost

    Veeam Backup for GCP stores information about workloads licensed by Veeam Backup & Replication. This information allows you to back up workloads even if the connection between the Veeam Backup for GCP appliance and Veeam Backup & Replication server is lost. To back up a workload in case of the connection loss, make sure the following conditions are met:

    • The workload has already been licensed before the loss of the connection. Note that you are not able to back up new workloads until the connection with Veeam Backup & Replication is restored.
    • The workload is still listed as licensed on the Veeam Backup for GCP appliance side. For more information on how to open the list of licensed workloads, see the Revoking License Units section (steps 1–2) in the Veeam Backup for GCP User Guide.
    • The connection was lost less than 31 days ago.

    Note that the loss of connection with Veeam Backup & Replication does not affect restore processes and manual creation of snapshots.

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